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September 21, 2018

‘Blue Ribbon Ride’ Against Child Abuse Ready to Roll


FULTON, NY – Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County, Karrie Damm announced that plans are under way for the agency’s 10th Annual Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse.

Scheduled for September 7, rain or shine, the CAC’s Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse is a family friendly, full-day event with something for everyone.

Planning Committee members for the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County’s 10th Annual Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse check out some new motorcycles as they meet with Mark Eagan of event sponsor, Wheel-A-Way Motorsports. From left are: Eagan; Melanie Proper of the CAC; Karrie Damm, executive director of the CAC; and CAC board member, Karen Perwitz of Operation Oswego County.

Planning Committee members for the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County’s 10th Annual Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse check out some new motorcycles as they meet with Mark Eagan of event sponsor, Wheel-A-Way Motorsports. From left are: Eagan; Melanie Proper of the CAC; Karrie Damm, executive director of the CAC; and CAC board member, Karen Perwitz of Operation Oswego County.

One of Central New York’s premier motorcycle rides, the CAC Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse begins at 3 p.m. and will leave from Wheel-A-Way Motorsports, 947 S. First St. (Route 57) in Fulton.

“I’m pleased that we are once again hosting the kickoff of the Blue Ribbon Ride,” said Mark Eagan of Wheel-A-Way Motorsports. “We have been fortunate to be involved since the beginning and feel it’s a wonderful way to give back to the community. You really need to give Karrie Damm and her staff at the CAC the recognition for providing Oswego County with these much-needed services.”

Departing from the Wheel-A-Way Motorsports the CAC Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse winds throughout Oswego County with a stop at River House Restaurant in Pulaski, where bikers can relax and tour the CAC’s satellite office located right across the street before continuing on and ending at Lighthouse Lanes on Shampine Drive in Oswego across from the Oswego Speedway.

“That’s when fun really starts!” said Damm. “Lighthouse Lanes will host a chicken BBQ dinner, with all the fixings, beginning at 5 p.m. There will also be live music with local favorites, F5; drawings for themed baskets; door prizes, 50 / 50 drawing and more.”

To celebrate the event’s 10th anniversary, the agency has added something new, the first ever CAC Family Bowling Event.

“We are going to keep the fun rolling with a family friendly bowling event! The Blue Ribbon Bowl offers teams of four the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon of bowling while helping to support our efforts to combat child abuse in Oswego County,” said Damm.

“We are going to keep the fun rolling with a family friendly bowling event!  The Blue Ribbon Bowl offers teams of 4 the opportunity to enjoy some friendly competition while helping to support our efforts to combat child abuse in Oswego County,” said Damm.

Money raised during the event will benefit the CAC as it continues its mission to assist in the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child victims of sexual and physical abuse in Oswego County.

“We provide advocacy and mental health services to approximately 100 children each week.  With the demand for our services increasing, we are looking to make this our most successful Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse ever. One of the best things about this ride is the outpouring of support for the children. There is nothing more powerful than hearing 100 motorcycles start up and seeing them take off together, with riders from law enforcement agencies, local businesses, and our friends, family, and neighbors from all walks of life, all with the common goal of bringing justice and healing to children. We are also offering businesses and organizations the opportunity to be a part of the event by becoming an official sponsor. Sponsorship levels are available at a number of affordable levels,” added Damm.

The CAC is a non-profit organization that works hand-in-hand with local law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, medical providers, mental health providers, and victim advocacy professionals in Oswego County to protect and serve child victims of sexual and physical abuse.  In 2012 the CAC served more than 320 children and families in Oswego County.

“The national exposure that child abuse is receiving is helping to bring this problem to the forefront. Now, more than ever, it is important that we come together as a community to combat child abuse right here in Oswego County. I encourage community members to listen to our youth and be aware of the symptoms of child abuse,” said Damm.

“We are grateful to the volunteers on our planning committee for their dedication to the children in our county and the many businesses who have already signed on as official sponsors of our event, including; CSI Inc., Allison Nelson Law Firm, Gregory and Karen Oakes, Harvey and Elizabeth Fadden, and Wheel-A-Way Motorsports.  Many free services are provided to the victims that come to the CAC and without the support of the community we would not be able to help these children,” added Damm.

Drivers wishing to register for the Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse should contact the CAC at 315-592-4453; visit www.oswegocac.org; or check out the CAC page on Facebook.

Drivers and riders will also be able to register the day of the event.

A $30 donation per driver, which includes the chicken BBQ and a commemorative T-Shirt and a $20 donation per passenger, which includes the chicken BBQ, are requested.

Riders who obtain $150 or more in donations will ride and dine for free.

Tickets for community members wishing to attend the dinner or the afternoon event at Lighthouse Lanes are available at the CAC office, 301 Beech St., Fulton, and Lighthouse Lanes, Shampine Drive in Oswego.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the CAC’s Blue Ribbon Campaign.

Day of registration will begin at 2 p.m. with the ride beginning at 3 p.m.

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